Exhibitors at the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) Apparatus Symposium this month at the Scottsdale Plaza Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, featured a wide array of providers of products and services of interest to the fire industry during an open reception and meet-and-greet in its exhibit area.
Whelen Engineer Company showed its M series warning and scene lights, as well as its white illumination Linear Bar, and its V series duals 180 degree LED warning and scene light. Whelen also featured its new Arges™ remote spotlight that offers Procler@ silicone optics for less distortion and brighter light output and ProFocus™ technology that switches from spotlight to floodlight with no moving parts.
Weis Fire Apparatus exhibited information about is Draft Commander equipment, and also its Brush Rescue series trucks. OnSpot was in attendance, showing its automatic with a flip of the switch auto tire chains, while KME exhibited information about its Predator and Severe Duty chassis, AerialCat series, walk around rescues, and Pro™ pumper.
FireTrucks Unlimited was at the event, talking about its core business of refurbishing fire trucks, but also in building new apparatus, and helping department dispose of old fire trucks. Ward Filter Systems also was represented, promoting its no smoke startup system, while Waterous was promoting its in-house mechanical seminars for its pumps, as well as its you tube videos and animations.
H.O. Bostrom was at the event, showing its Zip Clean seat coverings of a DuraWear material that can be unzipped from a seat when contaminated, then washed, dried in 15 minutes, and replaced. Tim Schoenecker, vice president of sales, says that all of Bostrom seats are now covered with DuraWear, and that two sets of seat covers are shipped with each seat manufactured.
Boise Mobile Equipment (BME) talked to attendees about its various apparatus, including its CV Type 6, WUI (wildland urban interface) engine, Model 34, crew carrier, and commercial tender. Brian Cassell, northeast regional sales manager for Kussmaul Electronics, was talking to attendees about Kussmaul’s new 1500 watt 55 amp inverter charger that uses pure sine waves, replacing generators on fire and ambulance rigs.
UPF’s Patrick Cahill, director of sales and business development, promoted his company’s Poly® tank and Poly® body products, while W. Parker Browne of Trident Emergency Products LLC talked to attendees about Trident’s Auto Air Primer, and its Air Max Relief Valve.
Norbe Puroll, Safe Fleet’s western regional sales manager, and Jason Witmier, national account manager, were showing the company’s 360-degree video surveillance and vehicle telematics technology, its Chief XD nozzles with a clip-on foam tube, and a new Vantage Point 360-degree continuous rotation LED 7,000 lumens spot light. Doug Schindler, western regional sales manager for Power Products Mobile Solutions, displayed its new Blue Sea Water-Resistant ST-Blade Fuse Block, and the new PowerCombi Inverter/Charger.
Federal Signal showed information about its lights and sirens, especially its True LED Rotation Light where the backside rotates through magnetic connection and no gears, and a LED Traffic Clearing light that comes in two different sizes. Brindlee Mountain’s Gabe Haroldson talked to attendees about his company’s sales of used pumpers, aerials, and rescues, and notes that Brindlee Mounting is launching an aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) program for used ARFF rigs to go to airport fire departments around the country.
Justin Majzel of Harrison Hydragen says his company is bringing out a new idle-reduction technology that uses a lithium-ion battery pack system that automatically turns itself on and shuts off a vehicle’s engine power, while David Durstine, vice president of marketing for IDEX, exhibited the SAM water flow control system at the event.
ALAN M. PETRILLO is a Tucson, Arizona-based journalist, the author of three novels and five nonfiction books, and a member of the Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment Editorial Advisory Board. He served 22 years with the Verdoy (NY) Fire Department, including in the position of chief.